There are six professional categories of canonical stature given to serve The Order based upon the level of training received towards capable religious service in a professional setting. All who take the vows of service are “ordained” whether clergy or laity.
The first and highest category of service based on training is “Interfaith-Interspiritual Cleric and MinisterTM” given to pledged members with a bachelor’s degree or higher from a US Department of Education approved undergraduate program and graduation from an Interfaith Seminary or school as approved by the Board of Directors of The Order. The Board of Directors has the ability to bestow this level of service for graduation from a single-faith seminary if other life experiences demonstrate capable interfaith and interspiritual education and training. Sustained leadership of an interfaith congregation is also considered service that merits this designation. All leadership positions of The Order are filled by pledgers with religious ordination as an “Interfaith-Interspiritual Cleric.” In 2010, at the request of one of its integral community, the OUnI board of directors awarded the stature of “Integral MinisterTM” to ordained clergy. OUnI continues to work with emerging and relevent ecclesiastic bodies to promote and be part of competent authority for the use of these statures. In 2012, the board of directors entered into discussions with other ecology and earth-based ministries to develop the concept of the“Eco-MinisterTM” and the ”Eco-Chaplain.” as a potential callings that will serve the needs of the world in the future.
The second category of service is “Interfaith Celebrant.” This ordination is given to pledged members who do not have all the credentials for “Interfaith Cleric,” but who are in training towards that service as long as they have graduated from an approved interfaith seminary. If in seminary student status, the pledger is ordained as an“Interfaith Aspirant.”
The third category of service is the lay pledger who receives ordination as a “Wayfarer.” This pledger usually enters The Order with no desire to gain clergy stature but wishes to be part of The Order, its spiritual communities and its work.
The Order also wishes to recognize the “Wisdom Keepers” who are senior and well-respected leaders of specific religions and faiths who are considered the guardians of the beliefs and rituals and knowledge that are important to each of the world’s spiritual paths. These individuals are resources for serving others in other faiths and they are demonstrations of The Order’s intent to not create a new religion, but to serve all people of all faiths.
The Order also confers the stature of “Brother / Sister” to its lay leaders and clergy who apply for the stature.
Finally, the Board of Directors of The Order has the ability to award an “Interfaith-Inspiritual-Integral Sage” designation to individuals it deems worthy of recognition as role models and mentors for very special contributions to The Order and to the principles of Universal Interfaith, as well as to the history and development of interfaith, interspirituality and integral spirituality.
All ordinations are granted by the authority of the Board of Directors and its officers without regard to personal religious or spiritual beliefs so long as they are not in conflict with the “Declaration of Faith” ofThe Order. Ordinations must take place in open, public, community ceremonies which are held at different times of the year at locations around the world. Clergy of The Order must remain in good standing for continued endorsement.
Canonical stature in any class is never denied for race, age, physical limitation, gender, sexual orientation or religious preference, so long as the pledge to serve is freely given after adulthood (age of 18 years) and all training requirements for ordination are fulfilled and there is no conduct within the past five years that would reflect negatively upon The Order and its spiritual Statement of Faith.